The CSU’s swimming and diving team faced off against Brigham
Young and Utah on Jan. 17 and 18 coming away with a victory and a
loss. The Rams beat quite possibly the strongest competition they
have in BYU, but lost to Utah the next day because of fatigue and
The Rams defeated BYU in Provo, Utah, by winning the competitive
races. The team won seven events by less than one second en route
to its 191-109 victory. The Rams won the 200-meter medley relay, 50
freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200
breaststroke and 200 freestyle relay, with less than one second
separating first place from second place.
Another big contributor to the Rams’ victory was senior diver
Lori Vigil who won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events. Vigil’s
sweep of both events made her the first Ram to accomplish that feat
in a dual meet against BYU.
Unfortunately winning the tough meets comes with an even tougher
price. The Rams lost two swimmers against BYU.
“Two of our best swimmers went down at BYU,” said head coach
John Mattos. “Kristin Schneider had food poisoning and Lyndsey
McCaslin had stomach cramps also possibly caused by food
Neither of the swimmers could contribute against Utah. Both were
pulled after trying to swim when it became obvious that they were
too sick to compete. Schneider finished fourth in the 200
breaststroke before withdrawing from competition.
The Rams (4-1) won only five of the 13 events against Utah
losing their first conference meet of the season by a score of
“We knew we would have a tough go against Utah,” Mattos said.
“We knew that we would pay a price traveling by van, but we
performed well. Utah did a great job and deserved the win. Though I
wish we could have went up against Utah at 100 percent.”
Attempting to pick up the slack for the absent Schneider and
McCaslin were seniors Corinne Hofstetter and Jamie Robinson.
Hofstetter won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 8.83
seconds, while Robinson won the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.72.
The Rams shouldn’t have any trouble returning to form. They have
a meet against the University of Denver Saturday at Moby Pool and
Mattos believes that as long as everyone is healthy the team will
still be a force to reckon with.
“We’ll have no problem bouncing back; we’re already back,” he